Anne Marie Kipar, 62, is a beaded tapestry maker from Germany
who divides her time between San Francisco and Bali.Whatâ€™s most important in life?
To be and let be – accept who you are and let yourself just be yourself.
What are the elements of happiness?
Progression. When we are reincarnated, we have to be a better person than we were in the previous life.
What were your dreams as a child?
I wanted to be like my mother. She was strong and full of energy and raised five children during World War II. Besides that I also wanted to be an opera singer.
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Donâ€™t forget where you come from â€“ your culture, environment, traditions.
Are you worried about dying?
No, Iâ€™m not. I often think about it and I just hope that I will die peacefully, not because of illness or something else.
What do you think will happen to you after you die?
I will return to God.
When was the happiest time of your life?
Right now, actually, because Iâ€™m in a very peaceful time in my life and have lots of creativity and imagination.
And the worst?
In the years after the war, when I was a young child.
Whatâ€™s humanity all about?
Itâ€™s about being positive and having values, companionship, affection and tolerance, and being philosophical.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because we donâ€™t listen to our heart; only our heart tells the truth.
Is a peaceful world an impossible dream?
No, it is not.
Are you disappointed with your life or happy?
Iâ€™m happy. I create beauty and many people like that, because I always try to do the best for everyone.
Did you have the opportunities you thought youâ€™d have?
Yes, Iâ€™ve had.
How much has luck has played in your life?
A lot â€“ Iâ€™m a crazy but lucky person.
How old do you feel?
Around five and 65. When I see something interesting, I can watch it and be totally amazed like a child.
How do you regard the aging process?
Naturally, young is pretty and old is beautiful.
Have you achieved everything you set out to, or are there still things left to do?
Yes there is, I want to show my Swastika work in Germany. Right now itâ€™s forbidden because itâ€™s the symbol of Hitler that he took from Hinduism.
Is one lifetime enough?
No. I hope Iâ€™ll come back to Bali and meet people I knew. (BT/AS)